During a court-ordered supervised visitation, a third party is present during the visit between parent and child, according to About.com. The purpose of the third party is to keep the child safe and to help the parent begin to develop a more permanent relationship with the child. The third party can be a social worker, a family member or friend.
There are several reasons for a court to order a supervised visitation, says About.com. Some of these reasons may include previous emotional or physical abuse, concern that the visiting parent may kidnap the child, and the type of environment that the child may encounter during the visit. In some cases, if the child is old enough, he may be able to request a supervised visit for whatever reason he deems it appropriate and the court considers it. Noncustodial parents who are incarcerated or have other legal issues also often have court-mandated supervised visits.
The supervised visitation is commonly handled according to the logistics of the case and what is considered the best-case scenarios for the child, explains About.com. Sometimes the custodial parent can serve as the supervisor of the visit. Under some conditions, if the child is any kind of therapy, the therapist can serve as the best kind of supervisor. The place where the supervised visit takes place is also closely considered for the welfare of the child.